Why did I pick this book?

Well, no specific reason. I am a book hoarder and specifically books about leadership. Shackleton was referred to in many other leadership books .

The book starts as follows

“The Endurance expedition to the Antarctic (1914-1916) ultimately fell far short of its goal, but it would become a legendary success for the leader, Ernest Shackleton, who got every one of his men safely home after their ship sank in a remote, frozen sea”

With an introduction like that, it is hard not to pick up the book.

What do I like about the book?

The portrayal of a man who saw opportunity in every adversity.

What is one interesting idea that I learned?

It reinforces strongly a belief that I generally hold. Leadership is about people.

How long would it take?

2 -3 hours

Paras or Quotes that I liked

  • Shackleton was bold in his plans, but cautious in their execution, paying close attention to them.
  • Shackleton learnt from past mistakes. Experiences taught him the kind of leader he didn’t want to be.
  • Shackleton led by example. He never asked anyone to do work he wouldn’t do himself.
  • Always keep the door open to your staff members, and be generous with information that affects them. Well informed employees are more eager and better prepared to participate.
  • Strive for work relationships that have human as well a professional element. No matter how large your company, get to know as many employees as possible. Memorize their interests so you can chat about something other than their work.
  • Shackleton’s thoughts of his men helped to spur him beyond his limits.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)